Mike Smull

Backyard Patio – Brick Pavers

By Mike Smull / June 1, 2014 / Comments Off on Backyard Patio – Brick Pavers

What ingredients are required for a high quality backyard patio and landscape project? The answer is quality design, quality materials and quality installation. Professional, experienced and creative landscape design is always the first priority for a successful landscape project. Without that, the finest materials and craftsmanship are wasted efforts. The project highlighted in this article…

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Landscape Design Concepts – Principles of Landscape Architecture

By Mike Smull / May 22, 2014 /

The first lesson of landscape architecture 101 is that successful design requires a well-defined concept. The concept serves as a guide to create a unifying and cohesive character to the final design product. When design struggles present themselves or the designer finds themselves with designers block, a good concept will guide the way to a…

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Outdoor Fireplaces, Fire Pits & Fire Features – Options, Elements & Costs

By Mike Smull / May 12, 2014 /

    When colder weather settles in, adding a fire element to the landscape can extend your outside enjoyment throughout all four seasons. And an outdoor fire offers more than just heat to gather friends and family around. Fire is an experience of multiple senses. The deep warmth, the romantic smells, and the beautiful flames, create…

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Outdoor Kitchens – Overview of Elements & Costs

By Mike Smull / May 2, 2014 /

An outdoor kitchen is a well used addition to any outdoor living spaces. After all, families spend most of their time in the kitchen, so why not get that gathering outside. The outdoor kitchen design can range from a simple grill station to a complex design with all the elements of an indoor kitchen. The…

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A Pergola in Landscape Designs – Add Form and Function

By Mike Smull / April 25, 2014 /

A pergola can add form and function to outdoor living spaces and define an outdoor room. The columns signify the corners and walls of the room, while the beams & joists create a roof overhead. It will denote the main room for gathered activates while creating a visual point of convergence and architectural interest. These…

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Pennsylvania Bluestone in Formal Landscape Design

By Mike Smull / April 18, 2014 /

Pennsylvania bluestone is the most prominent paving material in formal outdoor living spaces throughout the northeast regions. Some people may refer to it as flagstone or slate, but the proper name is bluestone and the majority of it is from Pennsylvania. The natural stone paving material can be found in estate gardens from northern Virginia…

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Front of House Landscape Design Project – Agrarian Setting

By Mike Smull / April 13, 2014 /

I worked on this front of house landscape design and construction project several years ago in Bucks County PA. The homes design was developed around a rustic barn type architecture that fit naturally into the rolling agrarian landscape of the large property. To create architectural interest to the otherwise flat front of house façade, a…

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Perennial Garden Theory & Design

By Mike Smull / April 10, 2014 /

  Perennial gardens have a long tradition in landscape designs going back to some of the earliest gardens of Asia. However, they are most associated as beginning with the renaissance gardens of Europe. During that period, international travel expanded as did interest in horticultural specimens from across the world. The English perennial garden of the…

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Deck Design & Construction – Options for Deck Materials & Styles

By Mike Smull / April 6, 2014 /

Deck designs have evolved in recent years. The range of decking and railing choices has expanded drastically. Designers are expanding the program for uses and finding new, creative ways to combine materials to make each project unique. Homeowners have a wide range of decisions to make when designing their dream deck. The deck industry has…

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Reasons to Hire a Landscape Architect to Design your Swimming Pool

By Mike Smull / March 30, 2014 /

If you are considering a swimming pool, start by calling a qualified landscape architect or designer who has experience with custom swimming pool designs. If you call a pool construction company first, they will encourage you to install one of the standard pool shapes that are easiest and cheapest to build. The pool company will…

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